Skip to Main Content

English 1A - Immigration: Books

general English guide

Searching the Catalog

The EVC Library Catalog is accessed online and allows you to search through the library's holdings for relevant books. You may search by author, title or subject.

1. Locate Books by Subject: 

  • If you’re starting out and want to obtain general information on the topic of immigration, you may search the catalog by Subject and type immigration. The catalog will lead you to Emigration and immigration instead. Remember that general information, typically found in Encyclopedias, will provide broad information on the topic. Immigration is a broad topic, be specific.
  • Use words specific to the subject you are studying. For example, use “human smuggling” to find information on that topic. Use synonyms as well: e.g. “human trafficking” 

2. Locate Books by Keyword

            immigration health issues

            immigration slave labor

            “english only” (place parenthesis around phrases)

Tip: Add an asterisk (*) to a base form of a word that can have multiple endings. e.g.  Immigra* will retrieve immigrant, immigration, immigrating, immigrants

Library Card

To check out any resources or access articles and ebooks off campus, you must have an EVC student ID card. If you do not have a student ID card, you may pick one up at Admissions and Records.

In order to use the Library online  resources you must login using your college web email address and your password.

Check   Login Instructions to Library Account & Databases


Transferring Books from SJCC

If you are searching the catalog and find that the book you need is located at SJCC, you may:

  • Transfer the book to the EVC library, which takes 3-4 days. To do this write down the title, author, year, call number and ask to have the book transferred at the front desk. You will need your student ID card with you.
  • Go to SJCC and check out the book with your EVC student ID card.

San Jose Public Library

San Jose Public Library

Students: as residents of California, you have access to the resources availble at San Jose Public Library, including the print books and periodicals at San Jose State. Search the SJPL catalog and have books transferred to your nearest SJPL branch*.

*To transfer and/or check out books at SJPL you will need to obtain a SJPL library card.

Books in the Library